We had written this morning about how unlikely it is now for the Premier League to resume the season because of the risk of the coronavirus pandemic making a comeback.
The medical argument against coming back is a strong one even though lots of money will be lost to football clubs if they can’t compete this season.
There could even be a crisis, especially with the lower league clubs, if the season is canceled, and it could play absolute havoc with football.
FIFA’s chief doctor Dr. Michel D’Hooghe has told BBC Sport that it will be dangerous to restart the season.
Dr. Michel D’Hooghe – FIFA Doctor – it can be a matter of life and death
This is what the Chairman of FIFA’s medical committee has told BBC Sport:
“My proposal is if it is possible, avoid playing competitive football in the coming weeks.”
“Try to be prepared for the start of good competition next season.”
“There is a risk and it is not a risk that has small consequences,”
“It can have consequences of life and death and that is why I am so careful and I ask everyone to be very careful before deciding to play again.”
“I speak as a medical doctor, I don’t have to speak as an organiser of matches, but for the moment from my medical standpoint I would be very skeptical.”
“How will you avoid direct contact?” “That is my question.”
“For the moment the criteria means it is absolutely difficult to say that we can play competitive football and believe me I regret it profoundly because I am a football man.”
“I am a little bit afraid that to have a complete solution we will have to wait until we have a vaccination program.”
“But I think the time has come now to think of some hygienic rules.”
“For instance to avoid spitting – why do we have to see that in football and not in other sports?”
“This is one of the things we have to consider because this is a real danger in the future.”
It seems it’s a balance against lives lost and money lost – we’d go 100% for money lost and save as many lives as possible.
Slowly but surely, European leagues are starting to close down with news yesterday that the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons have been canceled.
The Eredivisie was canceled last Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions.
If that stance is taken by the Premier League, it’s going to be heartbreak for Liverpool – for sure.
But that’s excellent news for the bottom three clubs – Norwich, Aston Villa, and Bournemouth.